To celebrate the Yuletide season, ABC sent Brian Ross to the nation's capital on The Money Trail. He checked how inside-the-Beltway lobbyists wine and dine members of Congress now stricter rules on entertainment have been introduced. The new law cracks down on lobbyist-paid restaurant meals and "intimate gatherings." Accordingly, they ban paying for knife-and-fork food and require "widely attended" events. The lobby responds with "champagne, chocolate fondue and finger food--lots of finger food" in vast halls, like the nuclear power industry's party in Union Station. Then Ross found a second trick for spreading seasonal cheer, courtesy of the beer wholesalers' lobby. It made use of the cafeteria of the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill as a catering hall for no charge. That is because heir party, with 50 different kinds of beer, counted as "an educational event."
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